Gold medallists ... Australia's team pursuit. Photo: AFP
MINSK: Australia's young team regained the men's world pursuit track cycling title here on Wednesday, beating their old rivals, the Olympic and defending champions Great Britain, in the final.
The Aussie quartet -- made up of Glenn O'Shea (23 years old), Alexander Edmondson (19), Michael Hepburn (21) and Alexander Morgan (18) - timed 3min 56.751sec over the four-kilometre course.
Great Britain had beaten Australia in both last year's Olympic final and the 2012 world championship final.
Denmark took the bronze medal, beating Spain in their match-up.
Australians won two minor medals in the women's pursuit after American rider Sarah Hammer won her fifth world track title.
The 29-year-old -- the only American competing in Minsk -- edged out young Australian Amy Cure while another Australian Annette Edmondson took the bronze.
Hammer -- who won her previous titles in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 before giving last year's championships a miss -- is one away from the record of world title wins jointly-held by her compatriot Rebecca Twigg (from 1982 to 1995) and Russian cyclist Tamara Garkuchina (from 1967 to 1974).
French rider Francois Pervis ended years of frustration when he was crowned kilometre world champion.
The 28-year-old, who had previously won four bronzes and a silver medal in the event, won in a time of 1min 00.221sec to edge out New Zealand's Simon Van Velthooven with Joachim Eilers of Germany taking the bronze.
Germany's defending champion Stefan Nimke did not contest the event having retired from international competition.
Germany's Olympic champions Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel maintained their hold over the women's team sprint as they retained their world title.
The German duo -- who had been pessimistic about their chances as they had been taking their exams to become policewomen -- beat the Chinese pairing of Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang in the final.
The Germans' time of 33.053sec was 63hundredths of a second outside the world record for the event held by the silver medallists, who set the mark at the London Olympics.
Great Britain -- who, after dominating at last year's Olympics, are blooding new cyclists here -- took the bronze as Rebecca James and Victoria Williamson beat Australia's Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton in their match-up.